Mevagissey is a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall.
Enjoy time wandering around the harbour and the shops, eating Cornish pastiess. There is a number of restaurants and pubs, and it is a good base for visiting local attractions such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden project.
There is a large car park as you enter the village, which is a good place to stop since the lanes ahead get quite narrow and busy, especially in the summer months.
The winter months are also a great time to visit, especially over New Year, when everyone dresses up in fancy dress and wanders between the pubs.
Mevagissey is pronounced 'Mevagizzey', with the stress on the penultimate syllable: 'gizz'.
If you are driving, you need to take the A390 to St Austell and turn off at McDonalds. If you are coming from Exeter or beyond, the A30 into Cornwall is half an hour quicker than the A38 via Plymouth.
There is a mainline train service through St Austell and a regular bus service from St Austell to Mevagissey. National Express coaches also stop at St Austell.
Newquay airport is only about a 45 min drive away, and there is an expanding range of air services flying into Newquay these days: try Ryanair.
Do not to try to drive around the village while you are here, unless you like squeezing past other cars and pedestrians in the very narrow streets. Park up and walk! The harbour car park is the best value and helps to support the harbour, which is a charity.
Most people come to see the harbour and its fishing boats. The Aquarium and Museum, both on the harbourside, are also worth a look. Both are charities and rely on donations from visitors.
Feast Week is an annual event in June when there's a carnival, live music, dancing, processions, raft races, etc. It is always the week with 29 June in it (St Peter's Day is named after the patron saint of fishermen and of the local parish church).
In July and August, you can take an hour trip around the bay on one of the local fishing boats or hire a self-drive motor boat from the Aquarium slipway.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are less than a mile away as the crow flies (abit further by car), but you can walk up through the valley via the cyclepath or footpath through Heligan Mill although the latter can get very muddy. There is a nice cafe at the gardens.
Visit the Mevagissey museum. It is very interesting and free. You can find it on the left hand side of the harbour.
- Alvorada, in Church Street, on the one-way system, 01726 842055. Excellent Portuguese restaurant run by a husband and wife team, with a friendly atmosphere and classic peasant cuisine. Phone in advance to check their (slightly unpredictable) opening times. £20-35. Now offering tapas from £5 a dish lunch times and evenings. Try the broad bean and choriza.
- Fountain Inn, Cliff Street, 01726 842320. A pleasant real ale pub, serving superb home cooked food.The rooms have been recently updated. B&B rooms with ensuite from £30 pppn.
- The Moorings, Polkirt Hill - 01726 843476. A B&B with 2 double en suite rooms from £25pppn overlooking the harbour and with its own parking (which is a rarity in Mevagissey).
- Tregorran, Cliff Street, PL26 6QW. The views are amazing and it is a short drive from Eden project and the Heligan Gardens. The breakfast is good and the owners very friendly. 40-65. edit
- Mandalay Bed & Breakfast, School Hill, Mevagissey PL26 6TQ, ☎ 01726 842435, . A welcoming B&B for a relaxing holiday in the small working fishing village of Mevagissey. £27 pppn. (52.8382,-2.327815) edit
- Pebble House, Polkirt Hill, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6UX, England. A charming, adult only b&b with fabulous sea-facing location and uninterrupted 180° views.
During the summer months is a regular passenger ferry between Mevagissey and Fowey, which is a nice way to spend 30 min on a sunny day. Alternatively, walk along the coastal path in either direction passing by some beautiful and quiet beaches, or hire cycles in the nearby Pentewan village and go for a ride along the many cycle paths nearby.
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